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'Dreamliner will operate only after FAA, DGCA green signal'

Ajit Singh said that the FAA will test all the 50 Dreamliners for the battery issue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Civil Aviation Minister today said the grounded fleet of aircraft would be allowed to fly only after clearance by US regulator Federal Aviation Administration and the

"Certainly, we will not fly the until the and our own give clearance," he told reporters here.

The Minister's statement came after national carrier Air India grounded all its six Boeing-787 planes after a global directive by to stop operations of all the 50 such planes delivered so far to various airlines.

On the extent of seriousness of the problem with the aircraft, Singh said, "How long it will take, we will all know only in a couple of days but there are about 50 dreamliners in operations for more than a year, therefore more than 50,000 miles. So let us hope they can find a solution soon."

The Minister said he had talked to the and the US regulator has said that "it will check all the planes, entire system because of this battery problem".

He said the was constantly in touch with the and "what I think and what I know is that has to come with a plan for the to test all the electrical system and batteries."

"When that plan comes up, we will also test them but basically first has to approve that they are safe to fly," Singh said.

First Published: Thu, January 17 2013. 12:13 IST